Dr. Amber L. Griffioen

Welcome! My name is Amber Griffioen, and I work in the Philosophy Department at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Among other areas, I research and teach on topics in philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, value theory, the history of ideas, practical and social philosophy, and philosophy of sport. Here you can learn a little more about me and find links to papers, organized events, and media.


NEWS: I am currently on a research semester from April to October to finish up my book projects! I'll be working on a monograph in analytic philosophy of religion, a short intro book on religious experience, and two edited volumes. No rest for the weary!

Upcoming appearances include:

  • Invited Comments (July 2019): Jena Summer Symposium in Philosophy on The Ethics of Knowing (University of Jena, DE; organizers: Christine Bratu, David Löwenstein)
  • Invited Talk (Nov 2019): "Marginal Bodies, Liminal Minds: Women Mystics as Epistemic Heroines"; Conference on Liminale Existenzen: Wissenschaftlerinnen gestalten philosophisch und theologische Räume (University of Innsbruck, AT; organizer: Katherine Dormandy)
  • Invited Talk (Nov 2019): "Earnest Play: Liturgy, Make-Believe, and Embodied Understanding"; SCP panel on liturgy at the American Academy of Religion (San Diego, CA, USA; organizer: The Society of Christian Philosophers)
  • Invited Talk (Dec 2019): "Between Imaginative Resistance and Resistant Imagining: Mysticism and Marginal Thinking"; Workshop on Mystik und Psyche (University of Strasbourg; organizers: Sonia Goldblum-Krause & Christine Maillard)
  • Invited Talk (Jan 2020): "The Problem of Perfection: Idealization in Philosophy of Religion", Conference on Religion als Perfektion - Fragment und Vollendung in den Religionen (Free University of Berlin; organizer: Lars Allolio-Näcke)
  • Invited Talk (June 2020): "A View from Somewhere: Toward a Genuine Philosophy of Religion"; Conference on Philosophy in/of/for Religious Studies (Amherst College, MA, USA; organizers: Andrew Dole & Kevin Schilbrack)

Our international workshop, "Expanding the Canon: Transitions and Transformations in Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy" (July 1-6, 2018) was a great success! Thanks to all who participated!

In June 2018, I gave a talk at Oxford University on 'Recovering Compassio: Suffering, Struggle, and Theodicy as Therapy' as part of the 2017-2018 Humane Philosophy Project/Ian Ramsey Centre seminar series on God, Good and Evil in a Scientific Age. The abstract can be found here. The talk can be viewed here.